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Orioles will take closer look at their young pitchers at next week's minicamp

The Orioles will get their first glimpse of a few newcomers to the organization, including Rule 5 selections Jason Garcia and Logan Verrett, during next week's minicamp in Sarasota, Fla.

Among the pitchers scheduled to attend the minicamp, which will run Monday through Wednesday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, are top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Hunter Harvey.

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Garcia, 22, was acquired from the Houston Astros, who selected him with the fourth pick in the Rule 5 draft last month and then immediately dealt him to the Orioles. Garcia arrived on the Orioles' radar after a dominant performance pitching for the Boston Red Sox's instructional league team. He has never pitched above Low-A.

The Orioles took Verrett, 24, from the New York Mets with their pick in the Rule 5 draft. He has had success at every level in the minor leagues, most recently going 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA in 28 starts at Triple-A Las Vegas last year.

The main purpose of the camp is to gauge some of the organization's young pitchers before spring training starts next month, getting ahead of any medical concerns. Each pitcher will throw two bullpen sessions and meet with pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti.

Also scheduled to attend are left-hander T.J. McFarland, left-hander Pat McCoy, right-hander Oliver Drake, right-hander Mike Wright, right-hander Tyler Wilson, right-hander Eddie Gamboa, right-hander Parker Bridwell, right-hander Mychal Givens, right-hander Brian Gonzalez, right-hander Jon Keller, right-hander Branden Kline and left-hander Stephen Tarpley.

Third baseman Manny Machado, who is recovering from knee surgery, is expected to attend the camp for at least one day so the team can get a closer look at his rehabilitation progress.

Catcher Matt Wieters, who also is returning from season-ending surgery, is scheduled to remain in his hometown of Atlanta, where he has been doing his rehab. But catchers Michael Ohlman, Alex Murphy and Jonah Heim will be at the minicamp, giving the Orioles the opportunity to get a glimpse of their extended catching depth.

Outfielder Alex Hassan, who was claimed off waivers in November, also is set to attend.

The camp also will be an opportunity for new major league hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh to get accustomed to his new organization. Coolbaugh, who was hired last month from the Texas Rangers organization to replace Jim Presley, will get his introduction to the Orioles' facility, staff and players.

In previous years, the club also has used the camp as an opportunity to get a closer look at some free agents. Last year, Delmon Young and Jack Cust attended, and the Orioles signed Young to a minor league deal. The Orioles currently don't have any free agent scheduled to come in next week, but it's always possible.

This is the fourth straight year the Orioles have held a January minicamp and the second year that it's being held in Sarasota.

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